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for North Carolina Vol. 58 Issue 7, July 2000
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North Carolina's top ten road construction projects are forging ahead to relieve traffic growth and congestion. Most will be completed in the next five years, although two will be finished in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Total cost of construction is $3.9 billion. Projects include the Charlotte and Raleigh Outer Loops, Greensboro Bypass, I-40 Widening, and bypasses around Jacksonville, Wilson, and Manteo.
Although 68,000 workers' compensation claims were filed in North Carolina in 1999, the year was the fifth in a row that the number had declined. Rates have also declined or remained stable during the same period. Contributing to the decreases in claims is increased emphasis on safety, better job planning, and vigilance against fraudulent claims.
After being closed eighteen months in order to move 1,600 feet back from the Atlantic Ocean, the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse reopened to the public on May 26, 2000. The lighthouse was built in 1870. The American Society of Civil Engineers recognized the moving of the 4,800-ton structure as the outstanding civil engineering feat of 1999.